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  1. Nipped in here after G.B's last February. Not much to see building wise but there is some nice graffiti knocking about. I have seen some more recent reports and the graffiti has changed in parts now. Some for the better some not. Visited with non member Paul. HISTORY Sheffield Tramway was an extensive tramway network serving the English city of Sheffield and its suburbs. The first tramway line, horse-drawn, opened in 1873 between Lady's Bridge and Attercliffe, subsequently extended to Brightside and Tinsley. Routes were built to Heeley, where a tram depot was built,Nether Edge and Hillsborough. In 1899, the first electric tram ran between Nether Edge and Tinsley. By 1902 all the routes were electrified. By 1910 the network covered 39 miles, by 1951 48 miles. The last trams ran between Leopold Street to Beauchief and Tinsley on 8 October 1960—three Sheffield trams were subsequently preserved at the National Tramway Museum in Crich. . . . . This one was outside Cannons Brewery on the same day. Thanks for Looking More pics on my Flickr page - https://www.flickr.com/photos/135648593@N02/albums/72157680624533806/with/33051734346/
  2. One from earlier in the year. This had been on the list for a while and I was really happy to finally see the place. There was some graff and vandalism in evidence when we went, I believe it's even worst now. Visited with non member Paul. HISTORY George Barnsley & Sons Ltd was founded in 1836 and were originally situated on Wheeldon Street, Sheffield. By 1849 they had moved to the Cornish Works, which were much larger premises. They specialised in the manufacture of files and cutting tools for use in the shoe making industry. There are a number of family names that are known to have deep roots in the Sheffield area, and the Barnsley name is undoubtedly one of them. In 1650 George Barnsley became Master Cutler, a role fulfilled by another George Barnsley in 1883. This George Barnsley was of the second generation of the firm of George Barnsley and Sons, toolmakers. The business grew to become the world’s leading producer of tools for shoemakers. The technological revolution of the 20th century saw a decline in the need for traditional tools. George Barnsley’s survived until 2003 when the premises finally closed. . . . Thanks for Looking More pics on my Flickr page - https://www.flickr.com/photos/135648593@N02/albums/72157680722816945/with/32277316163/
  3. France Forge Lunaire February 2017

    This location is the one where you quickly hear the stories about: impossible, the mount everest of the urbex, don't even try ... But sometmes this steel giant likes some company over too and there were rumours of a slight chance to get in. The date was set already and actually something else was on the program but when one fellow exploer had heard that there were loopholes in the net of the impenetrable hell gate (read: fences, 3 rows of nato wire and another 200V power wire as icing on the cake) we wanted to attempt. The hell gate was only a smaller obstacle, because once you pass you are on the playground of little demons in white vans that approach almost without any sound, or with a shepherd dog at their side. With all of the above in mind, I had a very turbulent night's sleep 3 nights in advance. In the end, the steel gods favoured us that day, which enabled me to enjoy this beautiful exploration. Very briefly it became exciting when there were 5 people in the building with helmets and hi-visability jackets. After some back-and-forth texting with my mates, and some cat and mouse tricks to avoid thm, I first hid in a closet and then rushed me to the top where the rest of our team was. Once there, I crossed the 5 fluos ... 5 eyes on me, 2 of them with open mouth. A French voice 'mais, elle est ici tout seule?' 'vous n'avez pas peur'? It turned out to be just the most flashy explorers you can imagine, not to mention the decibels they produced. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
  4. Just noticed a lot of topics posted lately on this location but hey ho here is mine. The Church of our Saviour Visited with: Alex & Klare Visit date: February 2015 Please Note: Entry is always through an open access point and not by forcing our way in….. We are explorers, not vandals. History The church was consecrated on the 23rd of January 1865 and held its final service in October 2007. The build cost was £8,000 for the church & the nearby school and vicarage. The church was built in the Early Pointed Gothic style with polished red granite pillars & seating was supplied for around 1,000 people. The church spire located on the north side stands at around 150 ft in height. There is also a small baptism pool that is sunk into the floor and was covered by an ornamental grate and the carpet when not in use. Since it's closure in October 2007 repairs to the roof have been made on several occasions which has helped to keep the church in a good condition, however, the future of the church is still uncertain at this time and decay is slowly setting in. My Visit To say I was looking forward to visiting here would have been an understatement, I was excited! This was the first church that I explored and I knew it was going to be one to remember. As we were walking up to the church I was just hoping we would be get to see the beauty inside, however, I should not have worried as we just walked straight in! We headed straight up the stairs to the balcony area and I just stood there with what must have been a huge smile on my face looking at the beauty in front of me. If there is one thing I love about churches it is the architecture & the craftsmanship that goes into creating these beautiful buildings. After a few minutes of taking in the beauty we started to unpack our camera gear and set about doing what we love. Then, we noticed that the carpet at the top of the church was pulled back to reveal the baptism pool so, myself and Alex decided to go and cover it back over to make for nicer photos. We told Klare to be careful as not to step on it and fall down as the last thing we need is anyone getting hurt. My first photo was taken from the balcony looking into the church. Then all I have to do to find another opportunity for a photo is turn around! After taking the above photos I headed down the stairs to grab some ground floor shots. As you come down the stairs you have to go through a small kitchen and then you emerge into the main foyer. I loved the windows in this area so I snapped a quick photo before heading into the ground floor of the church. The doors on the left of the photo above lead to the kitchen that you walk through as I mentioned earlier and the doors to the right take you to the main doors of the church. It was very dark in said room but nonetheless I tried to grab a photo, here is the result. So after the foyer it was time to head into the main church, here is the view you see as you walk through the wood and glass dividing wall. I also decided to take another photo with the camera looking up slightly to get a little more of the wood ceiling in the photo. And for good measure I moved forward a little and grabbed a third shot. Before heading towards the front of the church I did as before, I turned around and there was another photo waiting for me! This is looking back towards the balcony where I took the first photo from. So time to head to the front of the church to take a look at the stained glass. I love a nice bit of stained glass and this church is full of it! I know all churches have stained glass but in the derelict churches we get to visit it is rare to see it in such good shape. Also in this area you will find the organ which has seen better days that's for sure. Now, as has happened many times today all I have to do is turn around for another beautiful view to appear, this has to be one of, if not, my favourite photo from the day, just look at that ceiling! As I was walking down the middle aisle towards the front I noticed the Baptism font on my right hand side and made a mental note to go and grab a photo, now trust me when I say that is not a good idea for me to do that because on many occasions my mental note soon gets forgotten! Luckily this time however I remembered. With the main area photographed I started to have a quick look around the side rooms to see if there was anything of interest to photograph. All I found was rooms full of old papers and light bulbs, however, I did spot this window and took a shot, I am very pleased how this one turned out. I love the book on the window sill and decided to name this photo 'The Missing Chapters' because on the right sill you can see where a book was but has now been moved. Now funny story time.... As I mentioned at the beginning of the report there is a small baptism pool in the floor at the front of the church. You know the one myself and Alex decided to cover over with the carpet to make for nicer photos? Anyway.... Just after I took the photo above I heard a thud and then laughter and as I emerged from the room all I could see was Alex in the bottom of the pool! Luckily he was fine and after taking the mickey out of him for a minute or so we decided to start heading out. As we did so I took 2 more images, one of the lectern and one of the pews. More images available on flickr The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I will be adding lots more photos from photos on my Flickr page which can be found here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/119757413@N07/ Final thoughts So what can I say for my final thoughts.... I think from the report you would not be surprised when I say that I really enjoyed my time here, this was my first explore of a church and it is one I will always remember. The architecture is beautiful and the ceiling is just superb. All I hope for is that this location can be re-used in some way and that it is not left to decay beyond repair because if that happens the bulldozers are not usually that far behind, and to me, that would be a crime! Thanks for reading, Dugie
  5. For reasons that seemed like a good idea at the time, we decided to go to Belgium in my car - a Land Rover Defender (short wheel base version). There were four of us in the car, along with some stuff for Hotel Derp, and some camera stuff. Let's just say that the best place to be, from a comfort perspective are the front seats. We figured it would be best to try and get to the first location that evening, although it was a long drive, and then hit it as the sun came up. We arrived very late, but in good spirits. We had a quick look at the farm house, and all was good. Now, don't ask why, as I really have no idea, but for some reason we decided it would be a good idea to sleep in the car, rather than in the derp. I have to tell you it was a very cold night. VERY cold. So much so, that non of us slept that well, we decided to call time on the lack of sleep and get up. We got to the farmhouse before the sun came up... But it was worth it The location is an interesting mix of personal items one almost comes to expect in a farmhouse The things that make a house a home Some traditional farm tools And some things that are just unusual It was a good little visit, and by the time we got back to the car, the sun had been up for a while, so had we, and it was time to leave, on to the next location. After loading up, I went to wipe the condensation from the inside of the windscreen. It took a while - the condensation had frozen!!! Told you it was cold!!! Thanks for viewing
  6. Visited this place in February with Urblex. An unexpected mooch that was cut savagely short by the arrival of the police. Looking at the times on my photographs i'd say we where in there for about 15 mins. Oh well, at least we got out and away without incident. Nice looking place what we seen of it. The clock tower looks awesome and imposing as you approach. Quite a busy area we found with residents/workman/dog walkers, maybe during the week was not the best time:p High Royds Hospital is a former psychiatric hospital south of the village of Menston, West Yorkshire, England. The hospital is located within in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough and was first opened on 8 October 1888 as the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum. The hospital was designed on the broad arrow plan by architect J. Vickers Edwards. The 300 acre (1.2 km²) estate on which the asylum was built was purchased by the West Riding Justices for £18,000 in 1885 and the large gothic complex of stone buildings was formally opened on 8 October 1888. The administration building, which is Grade II listed, features an Italian mosaic floor in the main corridor which is intricately decorated with the Yorkshire Rose and black daisies - the latter of which provided inspiration for the title of Black Daisies a television screenplay, filmed at High Royds, which took as its subject the experiences of sufferers of Alzheimers disease. The hospital was intended to be largely self-sufficient, and was provided with its own library, surgery, dispensary, butchery, dairies, bakery, shop, upholster's and cobbler's workshops and a large estate partly devoted to agriculture and market gardening. The patients lived in wards and if they were able, were expected to work towards their keep either on the farm, in the kitchens and laundry, or in various handicrafts. The hospital was formerly connected to the Wharfedale railway line by its own small railway system, the High Royds Hospital Railway, but this was closed in 1951. In its final years of operation, High Royds had become outdated and unsuited to modern psychiatric practice. As part of Leeds Mental Health's £47 million reprovision process it was closed, with the wards being relocated to various community mental health units within the city of Leeds in the three years leading up to its closure. These include the Becklin Centre in St James' Hospital and the Mount in the city centre. The hospital was closed in stages between 25 February 2003 and June of the same year. Part of the hospital that has been converted. Thanks for looking.
  7. Heavy Metal was a high capacity steel strip mill which closed in 2012. Access was a bit of a nightmare but made the prize that bit more special. As soon as you make your way inside, the size of the place dawns on you, it's an absolute beast. It's somewhere you could easily spend 2 or 3 days and still not see it all, this is EPIC UMBECKS SLPOREGASM TERRITORY! Cheers for looking
  8. Been a while since i have been on the forums. What a place to get back out. Great morning this one spent in good company. Visited this awesome place with Urblex, Hamtagger (cool to meet you mate),Paul 2129 off 28DL and his friend Kirsty. Urblex was the man of the hour on this one, as he had been afew weeks previous on a successful explore. With him showing us the way we where in this massive playground with out to much trouble. We had not been in long at all when we heard voices coming from the floor below. Turned out to be Lavino off 28DL and his mate. Nice to meet you lads and thanks for showing us bits we might otherwise had missed. I'm with Hamtagger on the next encounter. During the confusion and discomfort of the alarm screaming away i also thought the tall lad dressed all in black was the security and the mooch was over. Not really sure what happened next but we where unfortunately spilt from Hamtagger for a while. We did manage to stumble on the sinks which was very nice. A features I never new anything out. Spent a good four hours in awe and amazement exploring this spot. The variation in features and decay is stunning. Spent parts of the explore with Lavino and his mate and thankfully met back up with Hamtagger and spent most of the explore with him. Never did see the mysterious man in black again, maybe he was one of the people we could hear setting alarms off around this wonderful place. St Joseph's College was founded in 1880 by Bishop Bernard O'Reilly to be the Seminary serving the North West of England. The college was formally opened in 1883 and was situated in Walthew Park, Upholland, the geographic centre of the Diocese of Liverpool.The first Junior Seminary of the Diocese was founded at St Edward's College in 1842 as a Catholic 'classical and commercial school' under the direction of the secular clergy and was established in Domingo House, a mansion in Everton. Its President for the next forty years was to be Monsignor Provost John Henry Fisher. When the junior seminarians moved to St Joseph's in 1920 the school was taken over by the Christian Brothers (who also ran St John Rigby College in nearby Orrell) and continues to this day and now serves as the Liverpool Cathedral Choir School. In recognition of the heritage owed to St Edward's College one of the two chapels at Upholland was consecrated as the St Edward the Confessor Chapel. Although Upholland flourished until the 1960s, the rapidly changing social climate in that decade led to a sharp drop in enrolment. In the early 1970s, the northern bishops decided to consolidate the activities of Upholland and Ushaw; from 1972 all junior seminarians in the north attended Upholland, and from 1975 all senior seminarians attended Ushaw. Even as the sole junior seminary for the north of England, however, Upholland continued to suffer a decline in enrolment, and by the 1980s was no longer a traditional seminary but a "boarding school for boys considering a vocation". In 1986 the total number of students was down to 82, of whom only 54 were Church students, and it was no longer viable to educate them on the premises. From 1987 the remaining students attended St. John Rigby College in nearby Orrell for their schooling, an arrangement that continued until the very last of these students left Upholland in 1992. The election of Archbishop Patrick Kelly saw the controversial decision to close St Joseph's altogether and the property was sold to Anglo International who instructed AEW Architects for the conversion of the Grade 2 listed RC Seminary to 92 apartments, with 220 new build enabling units. The major controversies of the decision were the ongoing financial viability of St Joseph's (it had just started to make a small surplus under Devine's management) and the sale and disposal of the art and artefacts in the college, much of which had been donated by various parishes and people of the Archdiocese who were not offered their donations back. The building has acted as a film location for the McQueen Church explosion in the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and in 2012 Lacey Turner filmed scenes for the TV series Bedlam. In March 2013, the feature film 'Noble', based on the life of Christina Noble, filmed scenes at the college where it doubled as an orphanage. Thanks for looking.
  9. Was originally going to post a few pics in the comments on Fat Pandas report as I visited with him but had quite a few pics so thought i'd throw a report together! Coke Manufacturing (Monckton) Coke has been made on the Monckton site at Royston near Barnsley in South Yorkshire for over 130 years. Until December 2014, Monckton was the only independent coke production plant in the UK, and was ranked as one of Europe’s leading producers of high-quality metallurgical coke. On 12 December 2014, the Company confirmed that, with no significant improvement in market conditions or customer demand, Monckton was to close, with coke production ceasing during that month. The Monckton plant is now being de-commissioned and this is expected to take approximately six months. The gas from Monckton coke ovens is used in a combined heat and power plant that can generate up to 11 megawatts of electricity. Not only does this supply all the electricity needed on-site, we actually sell our surplus electricity to the national grid – enough to provide power for more than 1,000 homes. Here's my take on this place Thanks for looking
  10. This old slate mine had some really nice features inside, rusty old mining carts and tracks everywhere. The valley was snowed under when we arrived which made for some epic scenery and the mine itself was a decent size but easy enough to navigate thanks to some tips from Andy. The name comes from it being situated underneath a bat conservation centre, oh and we saw a silhouette of Batman when we arrived! It's otherwise known on here as the Indiana Jones mine. Batman Thanks for looking
  11. After a 3am start and awesome morning at Haslar we headed through London to Colchester to go to Severalls. on arrival just as we was about to negotiate the palisade security flew round the corner in his van and spotted us so we hid in the overgrowth for a short while until the coast was clear, after we was inside we thought any moment that Micheal was going to pop out of nowhere and bust us but due to being careful we managed a good couple hours in there until darkness fell and we headed to the main gates and gave ourselves up instead of going back over the fence! First time using the new camera today finally invested in a decent camera instead of using the trusty old gopro and after spending half the day messing around with settings I managed to come up with enough pics for a report, barely scratched the surface when I visited last month! Visited with Fat Panda, Seldom Seen and a non member Hope you enjoyed
  12. Triton Court is arranged in three buildings, Mercury, Jupiter and Neptune Houses, internally these elements are arranged around a full height 9 storey central atrium. The building was originally constructed in 1920 with a major refurbishment and extension taking place in 1984. Currently it is being transformed into the Alphabeta Building, an office development contract worth £36 million. The project will see the transformation of 220,000 sq ft of office space for creative, media and technology occupiers with 22,000 sq ft of additional A1 retail and restaurant space on the ground and basement floors. I came here with monkey after a busy evening of rooftopping and beers. It was late, the sun was coming up and we were really pissed so we didn't hang around for too long. Cool to see London at that time of day though, can't wait for the summer for more of that. We fancied a bit more time up there so we went back up a little less pissed and a bit earlier this time, Slayaaaa came along for this visit too. Access is a bit bait now so if you fancy a pop at it you'd best be quick, much of the scaff has come down and they've removed the sheets which kept you hidden before. We were spotted by a couple of passers by who just waved at us luckily, apart from that it was plain sailing with a tiny bit of climbing to the top. How it looks without the scaff (not my photo).... .....and now Revisit A statue of the Roman God 'Mercury' stands on top of a globe at the highest point Lowndes House Thanks for looking
  13. Val Saint Lambert is a Belgian crystal glassware manufacturer, founded in 1826. Val St Lambert is the official glassware supplier to H.M. King Albert II of Belgium. We were a bit sick of the sight of razor wire on this trip and nearly turned back when we found it protecting this old factory. Thankfully it didn't take us long to figure out a way past it and it was worth the effort. Once inside it was a nice chilled wander and good to see something a bit different. Before we left we found a way into the live bit of the site which had far more stuff lying around in the dark, I didn't get many photos in there as we had didn't have time for light painting but easily could've spent another couple of hours in there. Plants taking over Crystal glasses Tongs and tools hanging up Couple of random cool bits of graffiti dotted around Inside the more active side, rooms full of machine parts.... With no tunnels in sight Wevsky was a bit bored until we found him a dead frog to play with : Thanks for looking
  14. St Thomas's Hospital Medical School in London was one of the oldest and most prestigious medical schools in the UK and formed part of King's College London. It was part of St Thomas' Hospital which was established at the end of the 12th century. According to historical records St Thomas's Hospital Medical School was founded in about 1550. It was admitted as a school of the University of London in 1900 but remained a constituent part of St Thomas' Hospital until 1948 when it formally became part of the university. In 1982 it merged with the medical school at Guy's Hospital to form the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals. It was abandoned 7 years ago, there is ongoing asbestos removal taking place currently. Had this on the radar for a while but never got round to checking it despite taking part in other activities on site, what a mistaka to maka! My first comment upon meeting the others was that it seemed like the kind of place where they would test deadly viruses to prevent a 28 days later style outbreak, well it turns out they actually filmed scenes from the movie here, how appropriate. The site has a bit of everything if you like hospitals etc, decay, medical samples, animal cages, grand stairs, labs, not to mention service tunnels, oh and an epic tower overlooking the House of Commons. Kudos to Slayaaaa for acting quickly on a tip off, also good to meet up with him, Boomstick & Alex for the first time this week. Sentinel & extreme_ironing provided some lols on the revisit where we uncovered a few more decent bits. Anyway, well impressed with this place and onto the pics...... 1. 2. 3. Animal testing cages 4. Feeding bowls on the floor of each cage 5. Animal cage washer, not pro usage of torch in shot 6. 7. Room full of blood slides and samples from both humans and animals 8. Human thymus (an organ of the immune system) sample encased in wax 9. Room full of samples of organs from mainly rats and voles 10. 11. Rat livers 12. 13. Old classroom / laboratory 14. Practical lecture theatre 15. 16. Service tunnel in the basement, this eventually led into the live hospital 17. 18. 19. Onto the more modern part of the site 20. 21. 22. Modern labarotory / classroom 23. 24. 25. 26. Next up we headed for the top of the tower 27. Going up the tower 28. 29. 30. Epic views across the Thames, this site has it all!!! Thanks for looking
  15. We weren't sure what to expect with this place, the codename translates as 'crashes room' in German and 'strength cream' in Dutch so we didn't have a lot to go on, just one picture of a large control panel. We gave it our own codename in the end - Crack House, named after it being a hard nut to crack I suppose, and it just sounded better than the other one. The building is a large art deco structure with tall windows not dissimilar to the old turbine halls over there. We think it may have been a large sub station of some kind for the gigantic HF6 blast furnace site down the road but not sure. Access wasn't happening when we arrived but after a bit of brain storming, muscle power and perseverance we were in. The whole place has been fully stripped but it's still impressive, especially the long control panel stretching across what looks like a stage for concerts. I think I enjoyed it in here more than the others, some good decay and tell tale signs of what it must have once been like in there. Visited with extreme_ironing, monkey, obscurity, and wevsky. Thanks for looking
  16. Intro I was hoping this would be a lot better than it was... Wasn't going to put up a report either but after a request and the realization that it hadn't been properly documented by anyone else to my knowledge, I changed my mind. Plus it may raise some more awareness for the place. It's trashed and derp. In better condition this would've been a lot nicer. Ah well, enjoy! History Ladywell Baths were erected in 1884 to the designs of Wilson & Son and Thomas Aldwinkle, the latter a local architect who designed several bath houses of note. The builders were Hobbs of Croydon. The Ladywell Baths were built at a cost of £9,000 on a site procured by the vicar of the adjacent St Mary's Church. At the time, a local paper commented on the juxtaposition of church and baths that 'cleanliness was next to Godliness'. The site was chosen as it is on the main road into Ladywell from Brockley, Catford, Lewisham and Hither Green. Local vestries were first permitted to levy a rate for baths and washhouses under an Act of 1846. Largely concerned with the hygiene of the lower classes, however, the Act only permitted slipper baths, laundries and open-air pools until an amendment in 1878 encouraged the building of covered swimming baths. Few authorities adopted the Act before the 1890s, when baths began to flourish. Lewisham Vestry, however, was notably progressive and appointed seven Commissioners in 1882, whose aims was to obtain funds and land to build two swimming pools at Ladywell and Forest Hill. By 1900 public baths were not only being built in large numbers, but also with increasing elaboration. On 25 April 1885, the baths were opened by Viscount Lewisham, MP, who remarked that aside from the Paddington Baths (which do not survive), 'there were no others in London of that size'. The Forest Hill baths were opened the following week. The ceremony was reported in the Kentish Mercury of 1 May 1885, which described the baths as 'quite an ornament to the neighbourhood, standing in striking contrast to the ancient church behind it'. The charges for use were 6d for the first class pool and 2d for the second class. On two days a week the pools were reserved for ladies bathing. SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: Ladywell Baths were erected in 1884 to the designs of Wilson & Son and Thomas Aldwinkle, architects known for their municipal baths, and are one of the earliest surviving public baths in the capital, built shortly after the 1878 amendment to the Baths and Washhouses Act, when vestries could raise rates to build pools, for which it has special historic interest. The building also has special architectural interest for the imposing façade to Ladywell Road, an attractive design in the muscular Gothic style, and the former first class pool interior. There are characterful details in the turret-like sections flanking the pool hall and the oriel window in the tower. The tower is distinctive, although the loss of the conical roof is regrettable. The building also has group value as a significant component of a complex of late C19 municipal buildings which are all of architectural quality. 2010 saw the ladywell baths and playtower get 24 hour security and £400,000 spent to keep it from deteriorating, this clearly didn't work. (https://maxink.wordpress.com/tag/playtower/) Later on some work took place seeing the balcony practically ripped off the sides and some heras and work lights get thrown about inside to presumably stop people falling through the floor. Graffitti riddles the building and sometime later in it's life a fire destroyed the back hall. Future Planning permission has been submitted: http://councilmeetings.lewisham.gov.uk/documents/s25137/04%20Future%20of%20the%20former%20Ladywell%20leisure%20centre%20site%20311013.pdf But presumably nothing has come of it, the building has been suggested for temporary housing whilst more is built in the area, but locals have had a few things to say about that claiming "temporary" is never temporary. Until something happens, it'll sit and rot. My visit I had some spare time and had seen this in the past but forgot about it, MrWhite reminded me the other day and I thought why not? (Cheers by the way) Not really worth the effort to be honest! Enjoy none the less. Pictures Pow
  17. This old power station was the first stop on a recent trip to Belgium with extreme_ironing, monkey, obscurity, and wevsky. It was built in the first decade of the twentieth century in a typical Industrial Revolution architectural fashion with a grand steel roof. It was apparently abandoned a long time ago and subsequently bought by a private investor who has kept the turbines (??) and control panels looking pristine. Perhaps the plan was to turn it into a museum, I'm not sure, but for now it sits disused and it was a real pleasure to see it close up. My photos were taken while the sun was coming up, we had to get out of there pretty sharpish in the end so didn't get many shots in regular daylight. Could've spent all day in there! Thanks for looking
  18. This is the former William Ridgway Tools factory site. William Ridgway and Sons company of Sheffield, manufacturers of augers, bits, wood-boring and motorising tools, was founded in 1878 and became a Private company in 1909, these works were founded in the 1930s. William Ridgway Tools merged first of all with Record Tools in 1974 to form Record Ridgway Tools Ltd. Record were another Sheffield company who were renowned for the quality of their vices and industrial clamps. Following the merger Record Ridgway Tools Ltd was made up of 14 UK Companies with 5 overseas companies. A later merger with a woodwork tools company called Marple (which was part-owned by Record and Ridgeway respectively before their original merger) led to the company becoming known as Record Marples Tools. Record Marples was taken over by the Swedish hardware manafacturer AB Bahco in 1982. Despite a management buyout leading to the company reverting to British ownership in 1985 the company struggled financially and following administration was acquired by U.S. based Irwin Tools in 1998 who have since moved production to China in recent years. I explored this gaff with a non-member a couple of months back, to be honest there isn't much evidence of the old tool making business left, it's more of an art gallery now which is absolutely fine by me, especially given that some of Phlegm's best work is hidden in there It's a dirty old place with more pigeons than you can shake a stick at and there's a couple of cool rooftops to get up on. All in all a good wander for a couple of hours with some epic graffiti inside.
  19. Hello again. Here is another hospital report. I visited Thornton last February and it was my first explore done with another fellow explorer (non-member). In retrospect, the place is not all that interesting as a whole, but at the time it the first hospital I had the chance to get into, and it was a place of firsts. Thornton, located in Fife in Scotland, was a fever hospital. It is hard to find a lot of information online. Here is one bit of info I located: These buildings were built as part of an isolation hospital (serving mainly patients with diphtheria, scarlet fever, meningitis etc); later one building was used as a hotel but now the whole place seems to have been abandoned. [link here] It has also been made known that after the hospital was shut down, the place served as a children's home and later they used it to park lorries used by Strathore Plant Hire Ltd. If you consider the hotel business that also ran for a few years, one can understand why this place holds a million of random stuff piled up and laid to rest there, from lorry tires and magazines, to toys and a wheelchair. The whole complex is right on Strathore road, but apart from a house where people still live in, there is nothing else in the vicinity. So if you are relatively quiet and avoid attracting the attention of the residents of that house, it is a very easy explore. We parked on the side of the road and headed up the muddy pathway leading to the west side of the complex. No big drama, very easy to get instant access (no fences etc). The place has been left to rot and fall into the hands of vandals for some time now and it shows right from the get go. What is also clear is that you can find many interesting things to shoot. Love switches One of the big rooms. The typical hanging apparatus. A red door always makes the explore more exciting. We spent quite some time there, mostly because we were on a mission. As Di had been there before, she knew of a wheelchair that was said to be around. In older reports we had spotted the old wheelie and we really wanted to locate it. Weirdly enough, the chair at some point had decided to play the role of the Chief and McMurphy and we found it in the position below: It took about 30' to free the wheelie. I must say I felt a far more greater sense of accomplishment having dislodged the tree branches that had managed to grow through the wheel's spokes, than when I got my master's degree. I literally wanted to lift the chair over my head and scream. Instead we rushed it into the almost perfect corridor and had a bit of fun. One of the 2 corridors. The other corridor. Another interesting bit was when walking around a room I suddenly, in a very bullet-time slo-mo effect kinda way, felt my right foot sink into the floor. It was my first ever experience of the sorts and the feeling was a mixture of "what the heck is going on here?" and "should I laugh or turn white?". It's funny that several explores since then and some really bad floors, stepping on a rotten floor that feels like a waterbed has become such a familiar feeling. Psycho shower. Silent hill. Just piles of trash upon trash upon trash...and a chair. And a baby chair. After running through all the hospital buildings we moved to the hotel that was in the worst shape of all as clear indications of a fire and a collapsed roof invited us in. We both climbed halfway up the stairs but I believe we made the right call of not trying the first floor. When you feel you can squeeze your fist through the floor I think it's a sign not to continue. But then again who knows...that's the beauty of this I guess. The fact that you really can't tell most of the time so you just use your gut feeling at any given moment. Maybe a different day I would have tried it. Bar fight results. Wallpaper delight. The hotel was quite interesting with its big bar/restaurant bit where tv stands where still screwed on the walls and several curtains still hanging untouched by the fire. The kitchen was also quite cool with nice peeling. Generally all the buildings had some really nice wall decay. Thornton is one of those places where setups are so over-done that I guess it might end up feeling too staged to satisfy you. Don't get me wrong, I loved the glow worm doll in the baby trolley and other stuff, but yeah, I always prefer experiencing something that nobody has messed with, despite the obvious value from a photographer's point of view. Like this one, one of the best setups I have encountered. After taking a few more exterior shots (nice cloudy day) we left Thornton. I can safely say I won't be revisiting ever. However, I am really happy I got that under my belt. For more photos on Thornton and other explores check my facebook page. Thanx for reading!
  20. The Chocolate Factory Industrial Elegance History It may seem like a set from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but this impressive Chocolate Works in York is really real! Built 1924 to 1930 after Frank and Noel Terry joined the family business, the factory produced chocolate and all sorts of confectionery until its closure in 2005. The buildings are fronted with an attractive Art Deco style and included a large clock tower brandishing the company’s name on each clock face. The group of buildings on the site include a 500ft five storey factory block, the clock tower, administration block, time office and a liquor factory, all built in a matching style reflecting the strength and importance of Terry’s corporate image. The buildings are of strong historic significance as they represent the most complete surviving expression of the importance of chocolate production in York. This importance has earned the buildings grade II listed status. 1. That Staircase! The Terry’s Chocolate business itself has a longer past than the buildings. The original company was formed in 1767 by Messrs Bayldon and Berry, and only taking on the name of Terry’s when Joseph Terry joined in 1823, and finally became Terry’s of York in 1828. Joseph Terry was a chemist and put his skills to use developing new lines and perfecting the company’s chocolate and other products. By utilising the new North Eastern Rail Network the company was able to distribute its new products far and wide, while the River Humber provided a means for shipments of sugar and cocoa to be delivered. Frank and Noel Terry joined the business in 1923, revamping it and launching additional product lines to be produced at their new factory, known as Terry’s Confectionery Works. United Biscuits acquired Terry’s in 1975 but financial issues in the early 1990s saw Kraft Foods purchase the confectionery division. In 2004 Kraft foods transferred production to other factories in Europe and closed the York site with the loss of 300 jobs. 2. Terry’s Chocolate Works and Clock Tower Our Visit The Willy Wonka feel to this place and the epic Titanic-like staircase had placed this one right at the top of my list. It’s almost always sealed up tight so I didn’t expect I’d ever get a chance to see it, but while in the area with Proj3ctM4yh3m, PeterC4, Carl H and Philberto, we thought it might be worth stopping off to check. We got lucky! It may have taken a bit of effort and resulted in a trip to A&E but I managed to get in! Worth the effort I’d say! 3. Driveway 4. Admin Building 5. The Staircase 6. Under the Dome 7. Doorway 8. Panelling Detail 9. Room in the Chambre du Chocolate 10. Details 11. Through the Round Window 12. Chambre du Chocolate 13. Corridor 14. Large Space 15. Willy Wonka’s Office 16. The Big Man’s Toilet 17. Nice Room 18. Selfie on the Stair
  21. This was a tourist hot spot when we left! met another 2 car loads full of German "Tourists" good little explore this. The basement is flooded all the way to the top! An old farmhouse which belonged to a butchers family. The door is open and in the kitchen a chair taken over by nature, A pan is on the stove and an old paper on the table. Thank You!
  22. Hello, Sorry for the delay in posting, I have just moved house and only just got the internet! This was from a few weeks ago. This place is HUGE! we only had an hour here, rather than get loads on internals, I thought I would get mostly externals and climb the tower thing in the middle of the whole site. Hope you like! A massive industrial site! HFB steel industry dates back to 1817 when industrialist John Cockerill established the first metallurgical company here. Surviving blast furnace no.6 was built in 1959 and was active until 2008. Despite of several promises the plant has never been restarted. I have done a little video of the tower: Thank You!
  23. Visited with juicerail, on arrival it was apparent that the storms had done us a favour by blowing the hoarding over so it didn't take us long to find a way inside. On the ground floor three panels of wood covering the lift shafts with black streaks running down them reminded me slightly of the bleeding doors bizarrely. Aside from those every floor was pretty much identical, stripped bare and ready for development so we headed straight for the roof to catch the sunset. We were soon followed by two Chinese lads with their cameras. Probably not the greatest idea to be wandering about up there in broad daylight as unbeknown to us a member of the public had spotted us and called the police fearing one of us was about to commit suicide. Luckily we caught the best of the sunset before we heard a symphony of sirens heading for us and we realised our days were numbered. Four police cars, one on every corner of the building awaited us so we headed downstairs to take our telling off and were sent on our way without too much of a drama. The story behind the monstrosity: This spectacularly ugly 1960s concrete tower block has been a sizeable blot on the Colliers Wood skyline in south London for years on end. The Colliers Wood Tower has enjoyed several names over the years, starting life as the “Lyon Tower†(after its original occupants, property company, Ronald Lyon Holdings), as well as â€ÂThe Vortex†and the â€ÂBrown & Root Towerâ€Â, and several unprintable names. A truly hated building, the tower got off to a bad start when the first attempt at construction was found to contain serious errors, so the three storeys that had already been built were demolished and the project started again from scratch. Such is its unpopularity, it romped home to be crowned the ugliest building in London in a 2006 BBC poll, and it also made the top 12 in Channel 4′s UK-wide Demolition programme in 2005. The same BBC poll quoted an architect working for Golfrate Property Management (the current owners) as saying the building was due a make-over and new lease of life. By 2009, the building was in such a parlous state that the ground and first floor windows and doors were boarded up, and green netting draped across the sides to prevent falling debris causing injury to passers by. There was also reports of the premises being used for making porn movies.... Sometime in Spring 2011, two cosmetic slabs of cladding were attached to the building to give an indication of how its appearance may be improved, while the adjacent spiral car park was finally demolished in June 2011. These are a much lighter colour than the underlying concrete surface and would change the look of the Tower significantly if installed across the building but subsequently no more significant have taken place. Planning permission has been granted for the conversion of the Tower and an extension to the north (towards Colliers wood underground station) to provide 150 apartments, with shops on the ground floor. The planning permission also allows for an extension to the south (to be built as part of a second phase) providing another 68 apartments. In February 2014, Criterion put out tenders out for their ‘Construction Work Packages’; this is for contractors to build-out the scheme. These tenders will be assessed in March 2014. The construction team is anticipated to be in place, and on-site in April 2014. Once on-site works commence, the scheme build-out will be around 18 months. Anticipated completion is autumn 2015. The pics: 1. 2. 3. The sort of bleeding doors..... 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. A few more piccies here: Colliers Wood Tower - a set on Flickr Thanks for looking
  24. Hey people! Unfortunately I don't have enough time to read all posts here and to chat with people as much as I want. But I hope you excuse me! Today I show you unfinished metro tunnels in my city. The project was started in 80s, but later was frozen because of lack of money. I don't believe that we will ever use our subway. Some years ago it was easy to penetrate in the tunnels. But now there is some activity here, it became almost impossible to get in. The consequences of fail may be really heavy. But we never say impossible. The tablet says "to the surface". Very big door to the collection of them:p The lift to the future station. And some more photos from the flooded shaft. And the look of my camera... It's very very dirty! Can you share some "dirty" stories and funny situations in which your equipment or you look the same? Thank you for attention!
  25. The Squatters I spotted this abandoned church a couple of weeks ago in South London and decided to pop back for a nose around this week. On seeing some bed sheets hanging out to dry around the back I realised there must be squatters living in there, then hey presto three squatters arrived home to find me trying to peek inside their house. They were pretty sceptical of me to begin with but friendly once I'd explained my interest in photographing abandoned buildings and not a newspaper photographer basically! I was given the full tour and allowed to take photos to my heart's content before they even served me up some tasty dinner, result! They were a nice bunch who were keen to show me the improvements they'd made since the previous squatters who left the place in a right old mess with anti-God messages sprayed all over the place. I haven't included pictures of their living quarters as I instead tried to capture the church that once was. This was quite difficult at times as they mostly all live in the main room of the church itself. Part of the reason they were so relaxed about letting me in was because they are expecting to be turfed out by bailiffs at any time, they are the fifth generation of squatters since the summer and the owner is not a happy chappy basically. I agreed not to share the specifics of this location, sorry about that. The Church The stained glass window is probably the best feature in here depicting pictures of the founders of the Cherubim & Seraphim movement. There are various other items of interest lying around though such as a fully functioning organ on stage in the basement, and some beautiful blue chairs (if it weren't for pigeons) with a music stand sat in front of them upstairs. The painting by the pulpit is pretty special too and there are various artefacts from the church lying around behind the main room which make for an interesting browse. I was unable to find out a great deal of history on the place like when it was built but hopefully someone who knows their buildings will be able to hazard a guess and leave a comment below. It was taken over by the Cherubim and Seraphim group in 1978, before which it was a methodist church called St George's. According to a newspaper article it is Grade II listed but I can't find any evidence to corroborate that. Somebody in the street told me it was abandoned perhaps 5 or 6 years ago but that's all I can tell you I'm afraid. Here is some history on the 'Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim & Seriphum' movement, a strange bunch from what I could make out..... The History The Cherubim and Seraphim movement church, also known as the C&S, is a church denomination in Nigeria that was founded by Moses Orimolade Tunolase in 1925. Orimolade Tunolase received a direct communication from Jesus Christ instructing him to found the church. Orimolade received considerable media attention when he is said to have healed a girl, Christina Abiodun Akinsowon, from a long-term trance in which she could neither speak nor hear. After the healing event, Orimolade Tunolase and Abiodun Akinsowon teamed up, as father and adopted daughter, and offered their services to heal and pray for people. The Cherubim and Seraphim group claims to have dreams and visions that facilitate the connection of God and humanity. In 1925, they said that Jesus Christ had directed them to name their circle of followers Seraphim, after an angel they claimed to have seen in their dreams. Two years later, they added "Cherubim" to the name of their church, making their congregation the Cherubim and Seraphim. Several years after the creation of the Cherubim and Seraphim, different denominations following in its traditions broke off and formed new churches. The Church of Aladura, which began in 1930 under the lead of Josiah Oshitelu, was one of the churches that began under "similarly spectacular circumstances". By the 1940s, the Aladura movement church had begun to spread throughout the world, from places in Africa to other English speaking countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom. The Pictures: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. (Photo of the priest on the right) 8. (Photo of the Founder on the left) 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. (Order of Service from 1989) 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. The living room As always thanks for looking, a few more shots can be found here Cherubin & Seraphim Church - a set on Flickr